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Respect the Water 2018

Published: 21 May 2018

Fight your instincts not the water

Drowning is now a bigger cause of death in Surrey than accidental house fires in the home, which is why Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are launching this year's Respect the Water campaign.

Their main advice to people is to 'fight your instincts, not the water'. If you were to fall into cold waters such as a river or lake, your natural instinct is to fight the water and swim hard, but the RNLI promote doing as little as possible and to allow yourself to float for 60-90 seconds. This will allow you to control your breathing and either call for help, or swim to safety.

Find out more about water safety and the Respect the Water campaign online.

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